2015 World STI & HIV Congress and Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference

Dr. Valdivia is an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University, USA. He also serves as director of graduate studies for the department and as director of the Center for the Genomics of Microbial Systems.  In his current research, Dr. Valdivia focuses on understanding the molecular basis for the pathogenesis of Chlamydia trachomatis, a leading sexually transmitted infection and the causative agent of blinding trachoma. Dr. Valdivia is author of more than 50 publications and book chapters.  In 2004, Dr. Valdivia earned recognition as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, and in 2007 was the recipient of the Merck Irving S. Sigal Award from the American Society for Microbiology. In 2012, he was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.